You can see one of my latest paintings in volume 34 of Studio Visit Magazine, along with a number of other talented artists. Studio Visit is a series of juried artist books with a national audience of art world professionals. You may also be familiar with their sister publication, New American Paintings(both produced by Open Studios Press). My painting, “Absolute: Contrive” can be found on p. 72 of their latest magazine.
The occasional conversational sidebar can prove to be a helpful way to add extra depth to a particular idea without stepping aside completely. As the Absolute series has grown, there has been several micro-series within the larger set. Absolute: Contrive and its sister painting Absolute: Construct are such examples. Both pieces(photos below) are the same size and expand upon similarly themed content. Read on for more information.
Today I re-documented one of the most unique pieces in the Absolute collection. This artwork is quite a departure from the rest of the line. While most pieces in this series are oil paintings on wood, this piece is a painting/drawing hybrid on paper. The under-painting consists of a mixture of gouache (similar to an opaque watercolor) and acrylic paint. Above that is a few layers of graphite pencil to add depth.
The drawing displays paper specimens much in the way an entomologist would display real insects for cataloguing purposes.
Absolutus: a priori, translates from latin as Absolute: from former. This phrase is taken straight from a branch of philosophy that deals with the acquisition of knowledge.